Church Mouth

Church Mouth

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by Portugal. The Man
     
 

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Church Mouth -- Portugal. The Man's second album -- is a dense hard rock collection on which singer/songwriter John Gourley wails in a high-pitched tenor, sometimes rising to falsetto over the rough, frequently changing rhythms of bassist Zach Carothers and drummer Jason Sechrist. The band's sound

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Church Mouth -- Portugal. The Man's second album -- is a dense hard rock collection on which singer/songwriter John Gourley wails in a high-pitched tenor, sometimes rising to falsetto over the rough, frequently changing rhythms of bassist Zach Carothers and drummer Jason Sechrist. The band's sound recalls Led Zeppelin on occasion, although the closest antecedent is early Jane's Addiction, not only in the clashing sounds of the instruments, but also in Gourley's vocal similarity to Perry Farrell. Gourley actually employs overlapping voices, sometimes in harmonies and countermelodies, with Carothers and Sechrist joining in. His lyrics are hard to make out much of the time, largely because of the mix and the arrangements, but also because he rarely phrases for meaning; the songs sound like they began as rhythm tracks, with the words added only at the end and fitted in over the music. A lyric sheet was provided (at least with advance review copies of the album) but making sense of what Gourley is trying to say is no easier by actually reading the words. There's plenty of religious and nature imagery, and plenty of references to the South (of course, if you're from Alaska, as Gourley is, the entire continental U.S. is south of you), but not much in the way of literal meaning. Consider "Shade," which begins, "claims, they crawled from those clouds and/over mountains cried/into the streams where they ran the length of/past and time that called out/with their hands beside you as all the people/shouted up to the/'northern' territories." This is an album with a lot of lyrics, but most of them are like this example, seemingly stream-of-consciousness impressions expressed in run-on sentences.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Fearless Records
UPC:
0714753010024
catalogNumber:
30100
Rank:
91371

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Performance Credits

Portugal. The Man   Primary Artist
Phil Peterson   Cello,Vocals
Kirk Huffman   Guitar,Percussion
Casey Bates   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
John Baldwin Gourley   Guitar
Thomas Hunter   Guitar,Percussion
Kyle O'Quin   Percussion,Keyboards
Dewey Halpaus   Vocals,Musician
Dewey Halpaus   Vocals
Jason Wade Sechrist   Background Vocals
Zachary Scott Carothers   Background Vocals
Thomas Hunter   Percussion

Technical Credits

Casey Bates   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
John Baldwin Gourley   Composer
Kyle O'Quin   Audio Production

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Church Mouth 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first track on this album will blow away not only your speakers, but a good chunk of the band's core fan-base as well. Leaving behind the subtle vocal inflections and creatively loopy sounding guitar riffery, they make it brutally clear from the get-go that they now have one singular goal in mind: rocking your face off. From song to song, they effortlessly channel such heavy hitters as The Mars Volta, The White Stripes and, no kidding, Led Zeppelin. Honestly, I'm still trying to take it all in. This album is dense yet melodic, smooth yet stompy and decidely new yet emphatically familiar. This is not the Portugal of old, but pretty snazzy none-the-less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago